In order to ensure continued learning for our students, Mary Star of the Sea High School first provided multiple in-services for its teachers to become familiar with the digital platforms that the school chose to use during this time of Remote Instruction (i.e. Google Classroom, Zoom Web Conferencing, EdPuzzle, etc). Following this, the school started by adopting an asynchronous method of online learning. After some weeks of this mode of learning and listening to feedback from students and their desire for more interaction, the school has decided to move to a hybrid - synchronous and asynchronous - model. This will allow students to have "live" interactive time on designated days and also provide students flexibility in their schedule on other days of the week. Through the use of live courses, students can be held accountable for regular attendance. To keep the students engaged while in the courses, our teachers are integrating formative assessments (e.g. EdPuzzle, Quizlet, Quizizz) and hosting daily office hours/tutoring. The teachers have been asked to think outside of the box and move away from what is normally done in the physical classroom. Lectures are being shortened, assignments are being adapted, and technology is being integrated. Our teachers are rising to the occasion.
It is important for our students and our community to learn to adapt and navigate this new digital landscape. In many situations, this is the social outlet for the children. In some instances, this is the only sense of normalcy they receive in their day. In all cases, the students are reminded that teachers and administrators are praying for them and their families daily. Recording administrators walking the Stations of the Cross while exercising social distancing and having the rector give his annual Easter blessing helps keep the community grounded in prayer. As important as it has been for us to continue to move the academics forward, it is this message of faith and prayer that the school continues to emphasize with each member of our community.
All students will need to join their teacher’s GoogleClassrooms (Join codes can be found on the teacher’s webpage or in the Master List below) using their Mary Star email. After that, the students will have the ability to watch teacher lectures and complete assignments via GoogleClassroom. The students can watch the daily lectures at their own pace and complete assignments by the due date set by the teachers. There will be a minimum of two due dates per week.
In the event a student cannot access these digital platforms, they may contact Mr.Nguyen (email@example.com) in order to arrange for work to be picked up for all courses.
Thank you for your patience and support.